Having conquered the legendary red centre and its famous Stuart Highway, we began our journey westwards through the legendary Nullarbor – on the other famous road – the Eyre Highway (named after Edward John Eyre – the first European to cross the Nullarbor).
Uluru is the Anangu aborigine name for what used to be famous as the Ayer’s Rock – and is the only name you are meant to use now.
Once known as “The Track”, the Stuart Highway was named after explorer John McDouall Stuart who discovered a route through Australia’s inland on several excursions in the 1850s and 1860s. The Stuart Highway connects Port Augusta, in the South Australia, via Coober Pedy and Alice Springs to Darwin, in the north.
It was built between 1919 and 1932 by returning soldiers in memory of their comrades lost in World War I. The Great Ocean Road as the name implies runs along the coastline for the most part – and is famous not just for the aforementioned reason.
A lot of the rich and famous and also the big business types from Brisbane own very fancy homes here, and it is a popular tourist destination too, especially given its just 42 kms from Brisbane itself.
On our way back to the city we still had an afternoon ahead of us. We drove from Lone Pine to the Queensland Raceway – a distance of about 60 kms. At the Raceway is where Eugene Arendsen runs ‘On Track Drift’ a school for amateurs to come and learn how to drift and go sideways!